Expanding their marvelous schedule of winemaker events, the Classic Wines Auction organization added new fall Winemakers Dinners for their calendar this year, hosting dinners last week in a variety of fantastic Portland area restaurants, including Carlyle, Clark lewis, Andina, and Ten 01. Supporting local non-profit organizations focused on families, children, and the homeless community, Vintage Wine Auction events have increased $21 million over the previous 25 years, helping several of these programs expand their services to people in need.
I had the great chance to attend Wednesday’s Winemakers dinner held at El Gaucho, sponsored by the wonderful Sokol Blosser Winery. Host Alex Sokol Blosser joined event guests to indulge in the celestial eats as well as to talk about the history of the Sokol Blosser vineyard. Dinner dishes included Seared Diver Scallops and Butter Poached Maine Lobster, paired with Sokol Blosser’s 2008 Dundee Hills Pinot Gris, Seared Rack of Lamb in a Black Cherry Reduction, paired with Sokol Blosser’s Meditrina, and a Pan Seared Halibut, served with a Sokol Blosser 2007 Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir.
In support of wonderful local organizations, including Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, and Trillium Family Services, spring Winemakers dinners will be held March 2-4, 2010, together with the yearly Classic Wines Auction dinner held Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center, with a wine tasting, a five-course dinner, and auctions. To Learn More on the Traditional Wine Auction events.